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Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot set for tough Harrogate encounter

Solihull Editorial 22nd Jan, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

MOORS boss Marcus Bignot knows his side will have to be at their best in order to get the better of Harrogate Town this Saturday.

It will be the 18th meeting between the two sides when Bignot’s side visit Wetherby Road Ground, with Moors having won nine, drawn three and lost five of their past meetings.

Like Moors, Harrogate have rebuilt their squad over recent years and are a far cry from the team five years ago when manager Simon Weaver took over only in his first managerial appointment only to finish bottom of the Conference North.

But a reprieve, due to Northwich Victoria’s demotion due to financial issues, saved them from relegation and now they are chasing promotion through the play-offs.

Weaver, 28,  is one of the youngest mangers in the Vanarama National set up after a playing career that saw him represent Doncaster Rovers, Ilkeston Town, Nuneaton Borough, Kidderminster Harriers, Tamworth and Boston United.

As things stand Harrogate have 43 points from 23 games and having played fewer matches than their play-off rivals, they look likely to be there at the end of the season if they make those games count.

Moors last played them at the Automated Technology Group Stadium back in early September when a solitary goal from Adam Walker moments before the interval gave the hosts all three points in the tightest of games and there is no reason not to expect another hard encounter this weekend.

Bignot was delighted with his team’s performance last Saturday after the disappointment of losing at home to North Ferriby and he wants to see a repeat performance this Saturday.

He said: “It was a good response against Stalybridge – we needed a positive result and a 4-1 win was excellent. We now need to build on that momentum.

“The away game this Saturday at Harrogate will see both teams going all out for victory – for us to build on our lead at the top of the table and for them, to get back in the play offs.

“We usually enjoy this trip to North Yorkshire where we have seen a couple of inspiring wins but this game is so important and could have a huge bearing on our season.”